Identity and Democracy group accuses of lack of democracy in European Parliament

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Identity and Democracy group accuses of lack of democracy in European Parliament


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Identity and Democracy, the political group in the European Parliament launched on 13 June for the Ninth European Parliament term, condemned the way the committee chairs and vice-chairs were elected, saying that it was not transparent.

“In most committees the chairs and vice-chairs were elected by acclamation as the number of candidates was equal to the number of posts, as the traditional groups respect the D’Hondt method as long as they benefit from it themselves.

In every committee where the ID group fielded a candidate, however, the federalist groups presented a common candidate of their own and outvoted the ID candidate. By doing so, they prevented the ID group of having even a single (vice-)chairmanship.”, the party said in an statement.

“This denial of democracy is unacceptable, as the 21 million Europeans who voted for the national parties of the ID group should be respected as any other voters.”, said Marco Zanni, president of the ID group.

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